Father: Frederik Johansen Christiansen
Born: May 29, 1830 Lindelse Parish Langeland, Denmark
Died: February 14, 1909 Sioux City, Iowa Age 78
Parents: Christian Johansen & Karen Hansdatter
Mother: Maren Sophia Madsen
Born: February 6, 1836 Langeland, Denmark
Died: February 23, 1900 Sioux City, Iowa Age 64
Parents: Madse Olsen & Anne Jacobsdatter
Married: October 1, 1859 for 40 years
Buried: Danish Cemetery located in Section #32 Summit Precinct,
northeast of Homer, Nebraska.
Frederik Christiansen was a ‘cooper’ by profession. This meant that he made wooden tubs and casks such as barrels for a living. He probably developed a solid work ethic from having a mother who worked as a maid.
Not much is known about Maren. Her parents never married and there is some question as to whether Madse Olsen, a blacksmith, was actually her father. It could not have been an easy upbringing.
After marrying, Frederick and Maren lived on the Danish island of Langeland. The tale of how they made it to America is a common one and says much about the closeness of their family. First their son Richard, an intelligent and talented man, left for the United States. He then saved up enough money to bring over his parents. Frederik joined his son working as a cooper, and together they helped the rest of the family made the journey.
The Christiansens settle around Sioux City, Iowa. Later, some of the children moved east to Eagle Grove, Iowa.
An old photograph shows Frederik and Maren as short, heavyset people. Both lived to what was then considered an ripe old age and this trait was passed on to most of the children as shown below.
Children of Frederich & Maren Christiansen Caroline Christiansen (Hansen) – Housewife Born: January 27, 1858Died: August 8, 1945 Age 87 Anne K. Christiansen – Housewife Born: 1860Died: 1920 Age 60 Richard Christiansen – Cooper Born: February 27, 1862Died: Unknown Louise Christiansen – Housewife Born: January 27, 1864Died: February 12, 1943 Age 79 Karintine Christiansen – Housewife Born: July, 1866Died: 1945 Age 79 Josephine Mary Christiansen (Nielsen) – Housewife Born: September 12, 1869Died: January 18, 1955 Age 85